Tips to Prepare Reasoning for IBPS RRB PO (Officer Scale 1) Prelims 2022 Exam

By Amrit Gouda|Updated : July 25th, 2022

The IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 exam is scheduled to be held in August 2022. It is high time that you should start your preparation. In this article, we are going to discuss some very important tips and tricks that will help you prepare for the Reasoning Ability section effectively for the upcoming IBPS RRB PO 2022.

The Prelims of IBPS RRB PO consist of Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. A total of 40 questions will be asked from each section in the upcoming IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 Preliminary phase and so it is important that you should have a proper understanding of how you can prepare for the Reasoning Ability section for the IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam!

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Importance of Reasoning Section in IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam 2022


Reasoning Topics for IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 Exam

In order to crack the IBPS RRB PO exam, you need to excel in the reasoning section of the exam. Now, let us have a look at the number of topics that you need to prepare in the reasoning section for the IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 exam.

Sr. No.Name of Topic
3Blood relation
5Order & Ranking
6Alphanumeric Series
7Puzzles and seating arrangement

Topic-Wise Preparation Tips for IBPS RRB PO Exam

Get the complete details of the IBPS RRB PO preparation tips to be able to bring forth an effective and efficient strategy for the exam. Take a look at the topic-wise preparation startegy and accelerate towards accomplishing success.

1. Puzzles and Seating Arrangement:

  • According to the last year's exam analysis, the bulk of the questions in the Reasoning section will be asked from topics Puzzles and Seating Arrangement.
  • You can not avoid these topics so try to devote maximum time to these topics. 
  • First understand the basic approach to solve various puzzles such as Scheduling, Floor based, tabulation, and seating arrangement-based questions.

2. Inequality:

  • It is asked in nearly all reasoning sections of various bank exams.
  • Inequality is seemingly the easiest topic in the Reasoning section. So, Practice inequalities thoroughly. You can easily expect 5 questions from these topics.

3. Syllogism:

  • These questions should be practiced based on new as well as the old pattern.
  • Nowadays, Only/Only a few types of syllogisms are asked in the prelims of the IBPS RRB OS 1.
  • They generally have 2-3 statements followed by 2-3 conclusions, and you have to find out whether they are true or false.
  • Understand the Venn Diagram-based approach to solve the syllogism questions. You can score very well once you get the gist.

4. Coding-Decoding:

  • You can expect 5 questions on this topic.
  • If practiced well, you can easily score 4-5 marks in the exam.
  • Practice all the types of it like alphabet coding, letter coding, fictitious language-based, etc. 

5. Blood Relations:

  • Learn and Understand the approach to solve these questions.
  • Study the basic rules to solve the questions like the signs/symbols used to denote male/female and the symbol notation used for the family tree.
  • Also, practice blood relations-based puzzle questions as well.

6. Direction Sense:

  • This is also easy and scoring topics of the exam.
  • Understand how to solve questions of direction sense, and then practice enough to get a good speed and accuracy. 

7. Alphanumeric Series/Alphabet Test

  • Questions from the Alphanumeric Series/ Alphabet test are frequently asked in RRB Exams.
  • These topics are easy to solve and take less time.
  • Understand the ranks of alphabets, Learn the laws of finding positions.  

Attempt quizzes of different topics from the link given below:

Attempt Daily Quizzes of Reasoning Ability: Reasoning Ability Quiz 

Important Reasoning Preparation Tips for IBPS RRB PO Prelims 2022

Given below are some of the important tips that you should keep in mind while preparing for the Reasoning section.

1. Time Management

  • The preliminary exam of IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I is of qualifying nature and in order to appear for the second phase, i.e. the main level of this exam, you are required to clear the sectional along with the overall cutoff.
  • Efficient Time Management becomes crucial here. 
  • You have to divide the 45 minutes, i.e. total time period for prelims carefully between the two sections. Effective time management is a prerequisite in order to clear cutoffs of both levels.
  • Make sure to devote at least 20 minutes to the reasoning section in the exam.

2. Conceptual Clarity

  • Conceptual clarity is of prime importance to ace the exam. 
  • Get in-depth knowledge of the IBPS RRB PO syllabus.
  • The overall difficulty level and the pattern of the topics asked in the exam have been changing as per the previous year's question paper. You never know what new pattern IBPS might introduce this year so your foundation must be based on the concepts.
  • To avoid such shocks in the exam, it is imperative that your concepts are clear.
  • This is because questions in the exam are asked from a fixed set of topics. The only variation is the manner in which they are presented.
  • If you understand the basic approach of any topic, attempting it would be comparatively easy, no matter how it is asked in the exam.

3. Regular Practice

  • Practice makes a man perfect and these exams are no exceptions.
  • No matter how much you mug up formulas/ concepts of topics it will be of no use unless you exercise the questions based on those topics from the standard IBPS RRB PO book, you won’t be able to attempt them accurately and quickly in exams.
  • Topics such as Puzzles and Seating Arrangements take up a lot of time and effort in the exam and they are asked in great numbers. So, make a habit of practicing these topics on a daily basis.
  • This will help you increase your speed and you’ll be able to answer questions in less time.
  • Try to devote at least 2-3 hours regularly to your study.

4. Mock Tests

  • Attempting mock tests is equally important for you at this stage as it will tell you about your weaknesses and Strengths.
  • Not only do Mock tests help you practice in the proper exam interface but they are also helpful in creating a habit of smooth movement across sections.
  • They will help you track your performance and also get you ready for the actual exam in a better and more effective way.
  • Mock tests will help you a great deal with effective time management in the actual exam environment since you’ll be accustomed to the time frame in which you attempt the 2 sections in RRB Officer Scale - I Exam.

5. Regular Self Analysis

  • Analyzing how you have been performing in the mock test is very important. If you do not analyze your preparation then you'll never learn about your mistakes.
  • You can get an understanding from the IBPS RRB cutoff and plan accordingly. 
  • Unless you keep a check on your performance status in different topics, you won’t be able to identify which of them need improvement. 
  • Analysis of mock tests is important. When you go through your performance in mock tests, you’ll be able to distinguish your mistakes in a better way; and this will help you a great deal in the exam.

Important Related Links

IBPS RRB Notification 2022IBPS RRRB Application Form 2022
IBPS RRB Exam Date 2022IBPS RRB Salary
IBPS RRB Question Papers IBPS RRB Mock Test

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  • You must know the important and high-weightage reasoning ability chapters. Syllogism, inequality, blood relation, direction distance, and seating arrangement are the important chapters for the IBPS RRB PO Prelims exam 2022.

  • You are suggested to go through the previous year's question papers and cutoff first to understand the level of competition and types of questions asked. Then go through the concepts of every chapter from any standard book and practice as many questions as possible.

  • After completing at least 80% of the syllabus and understanding the core concepts of important chapters you must start solving questions regularly. You can practice from any standard book or from our app and website.

  • You will get a total of 40 questions in the reasoning ability section in the IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 exam 2022. This section can be proved to be a game-changer for you if you have prepared well.

  • As per the previous year's trends and question papers, it can be expected that around 4-5 sets of puzzles will be asked in the IBPS RRB PO Prelims exam 2022. You should make a habit of solving 2-4 puzzles regularly to be an expert.

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